Not a Tree, But a Child

Brooklyn Baby Expo on March 13.

My book group, being based in Brooklyn, recently read the book
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
, by Betty Smith. Many of us hadn’t read it in school (which seems unusual, because this is an often-assigned book) and since we all live here now, we wanted to get in touch with our Brooklyn roots (get it? roots?). As I read the book, I looked out my window at the snow-covered tree that grew in front of my apartment–MY tree that grows in Brooklyn. I’d always referred to that one particular tree in that way, but until I read the book, I’d felt less than authentic about it.

Of course, it’s not just trees that grow in Brooklyn. At least here in my neighborhood, we’ve also been growing an absurd amount of children. Many of you have probably heard of Park Slope Parents, that (in)famous parenting listserv that people love to hate on. Remember that boy/girl hat debacle? Anyhoo, there’s another site also serving our neighborhood called  A Child Grows in Brooklyn.

Beyond the fact that I love the name, they’re one of my favorite places to get the scoop on the  local parent and kid goings-on. And they are sponsoring the upcoming Brooklyn Baby Expo on March 13. They’re going to be giving away all sorts of swag–gear, goodie bags, free manicures. They’re also running mini-workshops about raising good sleepers, choosing a doula, and school zoning.

Sign up now, spots are going fast. Kveller will be there–come find us!

Amy Deutsch

Amy is a Jewish educator and a mom. After graduating from Brandeis University she received a master’s degree at the Jewish Theological Seminary where she was a Wexner Fellow. Over the past 10 years Amy has developed experience in teaching, family education, camp, curriculum writing, and most recently, has begun teaching “Baby & Me” classes.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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